Clean Bathroom Rugs

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Did you know that you should be washing your bathroom rug regularly? In order to not ruin your bathroom rug, here is how you can clean it safely.

If it’s been some time since you’ve cleaned your bathroom rug, today might be a great day to get it done!

Here are the basic steps on how to clean bathroom rugs in the washing machine:

  1. Check label for machine washing instructions. If it is not machine washable that’s ok, but it’s good to know.
  2. Shake out the rug outside, or give it a good vacuum.
  3. Wash the rug in the washing machine with towels with cold water settings
  4. Add in 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 of the recommended amount of detergent.
  5. Air dry out in the sun, or inside the dryer.

Here are the basic steps on how to clean bathroom rugs by hand:

  1. Shake out the rug or give it a good vacuum
  2. Place rug into the bathtub and spray it with clean water.
  3. Apply laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of vinegar onto the rug as it lays in the tub.
  4. Use a scrub brush to rub the rug and free dirt and grime that may be built up.
  5. Rinse the rug with water until the water runs clean and free from suds.
  6. Squeeze out excess water.
  7. Hand rug to dry outside in the sunshine or on the side of the tub.

I’ll go over these steps further down the line, but I wanted to make sure you got the point and didn’t have to read my life story before you got there.

My bathroom rugs get cleaned once a week, or more often if my children have been extra messy in the bathroom. It is important to me to keep my bathroom clean and as germ-free as possible because we have one bathroom and 5 family members in one household. While the youngest is not yet potty trained, she will be soon and the last thing I want for her to do is use a dirty bathroom that the boys use too.

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How to Clean Bathroom Rugs

If you need a little more detail than the quick notes above, I will show you the way to cleaning your bathroom rugs, whether they are made from memory foam, have a rubber backing or are made with chenille. Remember to always check the label on the matt for specific and special instructions that I may not cover, or even know about.

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Some notes before I go into how top clean all the different types of rugs:

  1. Use whichever laundry detergent you have on hand. If you need some laundry detergent recommendations I really like to use Puracy Laundry Detergent for everything including baby clothes and all the towels.
  2. Always shake out your rug before placing it into the washing machine as dirt can jam up the drum, or make other things dirty during the following wash cycle.

How to Clean Rubber Backed Mats and Rugs

Rubber-backed rugs have a shorter lifespan than other rugs, but if you clean them carefully, they should last for a while.

  1. Shake up the rug or use a vacuum to get any loose dirt and particles off of it.
  2. Place the rug into the washing machine. For front loading washing machines, place the rug facing up. If you have a top load washing machine, place the rug around the agitator portion.
  3. Wash some towels with the rug.
  4. Set the washing machine on a delicate cycle and use cold water.
  5. Add half of the recommended amount of detergent.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar.
  7. Start the load.
  8. Once it has finished washing hang it up to dry in the sunshine, hang to dry inside the tub, or tumble dry on low.
  9. Hot water can melt the rubber backing on the rug. Replace the rug if the rubber backing begins to crack.

RUN A HOT CYCLE WASH WITH A FEW TOWELS AND LAUNDRY DETERGENT TO CLEAN OUT THE DRUM AFTER WASHING THE MAT.

How to Clean A Memory Foam Bath Mat

Memory foam bath matts are very popular, and soh so soft on your feet when you exit the shower. Because they are so soft, they can also hold a lot of water which could potentially lead to mold if not cared for properly. Always read the care label before washing your memory foam bath mat.

  1. Shake up the rug or use a vacuum to get any loose dirt and particles off of it.
  2. Place the rug into the washing machine. For front loading washing machines, place the rug facing up. If you have a top load washing machine, place the rug around the agitator portion.
  3. Set the washing machine on a delicate cycle and use cold water.
  4. Add half of the recommended amount of detergent.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar.
  6. Start the load.
  7. Once it has finished washing hang it up to dry in the sunshine, hang to dry inside the tub, or tumble dry on low.
  8. Please do not use fabric softener, bleach or other harsh chemicals on your foam bath mats. also avoid using hot water.

RUN A HOT CYCLE WASH WITH A FEW TOWELS AND LAUNDRY DETERGENT TO CLEAN OUT THE DRUM AFTER WASHING THE MAT.

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How to Clean Chenille Bathroom Rugs

Chenille bath mats are very soft and need a little bit of extra care. many, not all, chenille bath rugs actually are not supposed to be washed in the washing machine so please check your label before using the washing machine to clean it.

  1. Shake up the rug or use a vacuum to get any loose dirt and particles off of it.
  2. Place the rug into the washing machine. For front loading washing machines, place the rug facing up. If you have a top load washing machine, place the rug around the agitator portion.
  3. Set the washing machine on a delicate cycle and use cold water.
  4. Add half of the recommended amount of detergent.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar.
  6. Start the load.
  7. Once it has finished washing hang it up to dry in the sunshine, hang to dry inside the tub or tumble dry on low.
  8. Do not use bleach on your chenille bath mat.

RUN A HOT CYCLE WASH WITH A FEW TOWELS AND LAUNDRY DETERGENT TO CLEAN OUT THE DRUM AFTER WASHING THE MAT.

How to Clean Bathroom Rugs by Hand

If you notice that you bathroom rug cannot be washed in the washing machine, here are some things you can do to get it nice and clean.

  1. Shake out the rug really well or give it a good vacuum.
  2. Lay the rug inside the bathtub, or on a clean surface outside. You can lay a plastic shower curtain down and use that as your clean surface.
  3. Soak the mat with an outdoor hose, a removable shower head, or the bathtub spout.
  4. Apply 1/2 of the recommended laundry detergent to the mat and rub it in using a scrub brush or a microfiber cloth.
  5. Spread the laundry detergent suds all over the bath mat.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the bath mat.
  7. Let the matt sit in the bathtub or outside for 10 minutes with the vinegar and detergent on it.
  8. Rinse off the matt until all of the suds disappear and the water runs clean.
  9. Squeeze excess water from the rug and hang it to dry in the sunshine or in the bathtub.

Tips For Drying Bathroom Rugs

Only use the tumble dryer if your care label says this is ok to do. Many bathroom rugs should be air dried. If you dry using the sun, this will disinfect your bath mat at the same time.

Drying racks and bathtubs are also great places to hang up your rugs to dry if you cannot use the outdoor air and sun. It will take a while for the rug to dry indoors because of the thickness and absorbency of the mats.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Difference Between a Bath Mat and a Bath Rug

When I refer to a bath rug, I main am talking about the decorative and comfortable rug that people place in front of the bathroom sink. These rugs are not meant to absorb water but are there to keep your feet cozy as you use the mirror and sink. A bath mat is a mat that you use when you leave the shower. Bath mats are more absorbent and they help your feet dry off after your wash,

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How Often Should You Wash Your Bathroom Rugs?

I wash my own bath mats and rugs once a week, or more often if they look or feel dirty. I used to only wash them once a month until I discovered mold and mildew buildup on the rubber backing of my rug so I upped my frequency of washing.

Can Bathroom Rugs Go in the Washing Machine?

Bathroom rugs are ok to place into the washing machine as long as the care label does not advise against it. If you cannot wash your rug in the machine, follow my tips on how to handwash your bathroom rug.

My Bath Rug Has Lost It’s Fluff, What Can I Do?

If your bathroom rug has lost its fluffiness, you can restore the fluff by adding vinegar to the washing load, just as I suggest in the washing instructions. Using dryer balls, or aluminum foil in the tumble dryer will help restore some fluffiness as well. You do not need to use fabric softener when washing your bathroom rug.

Can I Wash Bathroom Rugs With Towels?

You can wash your bathroom rugs with towels, as long as you wash the towels again in hot water later. Memory foam, chenille and microfiber rugs should not be washed with a towel at all.

Should I Place A Rug In Front Of The Toilet?

Many people enjoy having a rug in font of the toilet, however I cannot recommend putting one there. These rugs get covered in urine and feces when anyone goes to the bathroom and unless you’re washing it twice a week or more, it’s just not a sanitary item to have in the bathroom. Children especially are rather adventurous with their bathroom game, and if you’re cleaning the toilet daily like me, you know that the rug in front of the toilet will collect a lot of extra stuff that you do not want to inhale and step on.

How To Clean Bathroom Rugs Of All Types

Now that you’re an expert on cleaning bathroom rugs, you should be able to keep up with the rug and mat cleaning once a week. If you have little ones who crawl around in the bathroom, you might want to consider washing your rugs and mats more often.

Remember to always wash your washing machine out with hot water after you wash a bathroom mat and avoid washing your bathroom mat with a regular load of clothing.

Always remember to shake out or vacuum the rug before washing to avoid causing damage to the washing machine or the next load of clothes.

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